Port of Spain Landmarks

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Port of Spain is not the type of town you can explore fully on foot. You'll really want to have a tour guide or a vehicle to get you around simply because there is just so much to see. This town embodies all things as the seat of government, center of culture, and all around busy port city, so be prepared to spend your time hopping from historic homes to museums and back again.

Museums

National Museum & Art Gallery

In case you like to expand your knowledge of other cultures and places, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation in Port of Spain. To obtain complete information about each museum, just click on the name.

Many travelers choose to visit National Museum & Art Gallery. It is located within Port of Spain. If you can only visit one museum during your trip to Trinidad and Tobago, make it the National Museum & Art Gallery. Here, you'll get a little bit of everything: history, culture, and art.

Another popular destination is Central Bank Money Museum. It is located within downtown Port of Spain. Owned and staffed by the Central Bank, this museum will take visitors on a journey across the world and time to see how money, its use, and the way it is made and stored has changed over the years. At this time, the museum is closed for a complete upgrade and renovation, with the expectation that they will reopen in September of 2015.

Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection: You can typically tour the property between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The chart directly below enables you to learn more details regarding some museums you might enjoy in and around the area.

Museums In and Around Port of Spain
Name Phone Location
Angostura Museum and Barcant Butterfly Collection (868) 623-1841 ext. 255 4.2 mi. East of Central Port of Spain
Central Bank Money Museum (868) 625-2601 ext. 2151 Downtown Port of Spain
Chaguaramas Military History & Aerospace Museum (868) 634-4391 5.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Port of Spain
National Museum & Art Gallery (868) 623-5941 0.7 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain

Historical Sites

Stollmeyer's Castle

Enjoy learning some of the historical roots of the places you visit? If so, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions while on vacation in Port of Spain.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit President's House. It is found in Port of Spain. Much like the White House in the United States, the President's House is the official residence of the president of Trinidad and Tobago. Originally built in 1876, the house has served as a governor's residence, a museum and art gallery, the governor's residence once again, and finally the president's quarters.

A second choice is Fort Picton. It's a historical site just on the edge of Port of Spain. Built by the British in 1797 fearing an imminent invasion by France or Spain, Fort Picton was the solution. The island's governor hoped that this single fort would be enough to hold off the other European empires.

Stollmeyer's Castle: Known as one of the "Magnificent Nine" historic buildings in Queen's Park West, this property is a historic home that was built to model a castle in Scotland. It's architecture is certainly impressive, and although it has had many uses over the years, today it is a popular attraction for tourists to visit.

Take a moment to read the following table for information concerning historical sites in Port of Spain.

Historic Sites In Port of Spain
Name Phone Location
Fort George (868) 639-3970 2.1 mi. North of Central Port of Spain
Fort Picton -- 1.0 mi. East of Downtown Port of Spain
Hayes Court -- Downtown Port of Spain
President's House (868) 624-1261 1.6 mi. North of Downtown Port of Spain
Stollmeyer's Castle -- 1.5 mi. North-Northwest of Downtown Port of Spain

Keep in mind, you will find plenty of other attraction types available too. Anyone needing to obtain more information concerning other attractions by clicking here.

 

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